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The Honorable Jeff Pyle,
Pyle Hails Passage of Castle Doctrine

Ford City lawmaker says measure reaffirms Second Amendment rights


HARRISBURG - Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong/Indiana) today was pleased to vote in favor of legislation that would permit Pennsylvania citizens to protect and defend themselves in their homes and vehicles.  Pyle has been a leading advocate for House Bill 40 since its introduction.


“The United States and Pennsylvania constitutions guarantee the right of Pennsylvania citizens to keep and bear arms to defend themselves and their families,” Pyle said.  “The Castle Doctrine, as passed by the state House, is based on a similar bill enacted in Florida, which addresses the use of deadly force within someone’s residence or vehicle.  Our founding forefathers had the foresight to protect our rights to own firearms by including it our constitutions to ensure it would not be infringed.”


House Bill 40, often cited as the Castle Doctrine, would create the presumption that an attacker or intruder intends to inflict harm, and therefore, deadly force may be used to protect oneself, family and others while in their home or an occupied vehicle.  That presumption also applies if a person is trying to unlawfully remove an occupant, against his or her will from a home or vehicle.


“Unfortunately, many Pennsylvanian citizens have faced criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits by defending their lives or their family,” Pyle said.  “This legislation would finally give our residents the right to protect themselves in their own homes without questioning whether or not they would be sued.  The Castle Doctrine would allow us to ‘stand our ground’ to reduce criminal activity.”


Pyle noted that the presumption would not apply if the person entering a home was another resident of the home, a law enforcement officer, a parent, grandparent or other guardian removing a child from the home or vehicle.  In addition, this legislation would not apply if an individual was using his or her home or vehicle to engage in criminal activity.


“Law-abiding residents must have the ability to protect themselves and their families from being attacked or threatened in their own homes,” Pyle said.  “I have always been a proponent of citizens being lawfully armed to deter criminal activity from taking place in their neighborhoods.”


This bill now heads to the state Senate for consideration.


Rep. Jeff Pyle
60th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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